Lobby groups appeal for safer highway

REVELSTOKE, B.C. — The B.C. Automobile Association (BCAA) is demanding the government fix up a road that has been tagged the “Killer Highway.”

In an appeal to the newly-elected B.C. Liberal government, the motorists’ group will point out that over the past 12 years more than 126 people have been killed and 2,278 have been injured on a narrow, dangerous stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway.

The area in question extends for 225 kilometres between Sicamous, B.C. and the Alberta border.

“This has to be the worst stretch of highway in B.C.,” John Ratel, BCAA director of government affairs told local media. “It’s a killer highway. It’s two lanes. It’s narrow, it’s twisting and hopelessly outdated for the volume of traffic it carries.”

Mark McKee, spokesman for the Revelstoke for a Safe Trans-Canada Highway task force, says that the federal government should kick in some money as well to help remedy the deadly situation.

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